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Lyndsay Walsh The First-Ever Winner of the F&D Global Student Essay Contest

July 2019

F an D Gloval student award - Lyndsay Walsh


Over the past several months, the IMF has been reviewing and ranking hundreds of essays submitted to our inaugural F&D essay contest aimed at graduate students worldwide. Below are the details of this award.

The question: how can inequality be tackled in the 21st century?
We received essays from the USA, UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Norway, Hungary, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, China, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Pakistan, India, Russia, Tajikistan, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and beyond. In short, we were overwhelmed by the interest of young leaders from every corner of the world. It was a good problem to have.
After much debate and discussion, we have chosen our top two essays:

  • Winning Essay on Inequality and Climate Change: Lyndsay Walsh of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, is currently studying for a master's in development practice, and received her bachelors degree in natural sciences with a focus on zoology. As the winner, her essay will also appear in the December print issue of F&D, which will focus on climate change. You can see Lyndsay talking about her award here
  • Runner-up Essay on Inequality and Cities: Tarik Gooptu is in his second and final year of the master’s of philosophy in economics at the University of Oxford, UK. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan with a focus on economics and political science.

We're already thinking about holding another competition later in the year. What do you think the topic should be? Also, I'd love to hear your thoughts on our winning essays. Please do write me at rkanani@imf.org.